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grannyannie - Friday Oct 02, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 0.0

Will catch up with you all eventually.  Went grocery shopping today - all healthy.  Still very tired and haven't yet unpacked.  

Not going near the scale for a couple of weeks.  I see the change in the shape of my body. Not nearly as toned and firm as it was when I left on trip.    I got on my sister's scale and it didn't increase by much.  Sister suggested I'd lost muscle which was true.  Doesn't take long does it!?  We did a lot of walking but that just isn't enough.  The first week I was there I did a really good workout at my son's gym using weights and then cardio. Once.  Most clothes are now too tight. 

Ugandan daughter has invited herself and her boss to come visit next week for 3 days. Challenge. 

Confessing some of the things I ate/drank:  lobster, Mexican food, lots of Panera bagels, Chinese, steaks, 5 Guys Burgers, pizza 4 or 5 times, LOTS of different kinds of beers. Some wine.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  2 oatcakes w/low fat cheddar, yogurt
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  apple
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1035 

thinkpositive on 10/02/2015:
Welcome back! I'm sure you'll get back into a good eating routine. With all of your walking and sightseeing maybe the number won't be too bad. Good idea to wait to get on the scale!

grannyannie on 10/02/2015:
Thanks! My clothes tell me exactly what I've done. But I enjoyed myself!



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 01, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.4

I'm back.  Hope you all are doing well! 

I was away in the US for 5 weeks and my intentions were to post here every day.  Obviously never happened.  Usually I was just too busy, but I should have checked in weekly.  Anyway, I was NOT good.  I enjoyed myself very much but I'll be paying for it now.  I only got in one good gym and serious muscle workout so my muscles feel like they have dissolved.  No point in getting on the scale as I've lost muscle and gained fat, so it won't be an accurate reflection.  

Just arrived today, so tomorrow it's grocery shopping, calories and workouts.  

Umpqua and Thinkpositive, we did make it to Mystic Seaport and loved it!  No chance to meet up with anyone as we didn't realize we actually needed two days to properly see the Seaport and the area.  

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 10/01/2015:
Good to see you back--here's to getting back in your groove!

grannyannie on 10/02/2015:
Thanks!


Umpqua on 10/02/2015:
Welcome back and glad you enjoyed Mystic - the seaport and aquarium are great but the town itself is also so charming!

grannyannie on 10/02/2015:
Thanks! Wish we'd had time for the town as well. Didn't even get to see all of the Seaport. Charmed! Had dinner at the restaurant nearby called Latitude (?). Very good!



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 23, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.4

Final weight before trip 137.4.

In hotel tonight. Early flight tomorrow. Lots of walking today around Glasgow as it was a gorgeous day.

B: porridge, yogurt S: bacon roll Late lunch: baked potato and cheese and salad, 1/2 pint beer S: pint beer and 1/2 packet crisps D: steak, chips, peas, mushrooms, tomatoes, pint beer

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/23/2015:
Wishing you a great holiday and a good flight. Enjoy.


thinkpositive on 08/23/2015:
Just a short hop across the pond. Have a good flight.


biscottibody59 on 08/23/2015:
Have a safe trip--I'm sure you'll have a great time!


ohioraven on 08/24/2015:
Have a Good Time, Annie.


Umpqua on 08/25/2015:
I missed your departure but it sounds like you have a great attitude going into this. I hope your travels across the pond went well! Also, I saw thinkpositive's comment below and absolutely let me know as well if you have time for a meet up in CT. I live relatively close to her and we have met in real life and I'd love to meet you too - I feel like I've known you for years :D



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 22, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.0

Thanks for all your trip wishes!  

Scale down more! Just need to keep from gaining more than 3 lbs while I'm away!  5 weeks. I'll still be posting. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  2 toast w/pbj, yogurt, banana
  • D:  Quorn (vegetarian) steak pie & asparagus, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1226

Exercise:  serious housework!

Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2015:
Have fun on your trip! 5 weeks is a long time! Glad you will still be here & posting. Congrats on getting to 137, I was reading below, I also have "weights" that "make me start to feel happy!"...

For me, it used to be right around 125 that made me feel super...but now I weight 126...but I've lost a lot of muscle in my legs over the past 2.5yrs so I look bigger at my bottom half...i realize i'll just have to deal with it :) and work with what I have right now. :)

anyways, take lots of pictures and I can't wait to hear about your time in the...US right?...with your family.

grannyannie on 08/22/2015:
Yes, annual visit to see family and granddaughters, and to take a 10 day holiday as well to New England. My ideal weight has increased a lot with all the muscle I have gained. Xmas 2011 128 was perfect. But have gained more and more muscle and 132 is really good, 130 okay, but no lower.

120 lbs are age 40 was perfect.


puddles on 08/22/2015:
Congrats Annie. You will do OK.

grannyannie on 08/22/2015:
I'm feeling really motivated to not gain, I've even set notifications on my calendar so my phone will ping every few days and tell me 'DON'T'.


thinkpositive on 08/23/2015:
If you come to CT & have time to meet for a cup of coffee let me know. It would be fun to get together. If not, I understand, no problem. Look forward to following your trip!

grannyannie on 08/23/2015:
I would love to meet up. But the other 3 might not be anxious to meet up with someone they know nothing about, and our itinerary is tight. But we'll see. :)

grannyannie on 08/23/2015:
I would love to meet up. But the other 3 might not be anxious to meet up with someone they know nothing about, and our itinerary is tight. But we'll see. :)


livinglight on 08/23/2015:
Enjoy your trip, I'm sure it will be fabulous!

grannyannie on 08/23/2015:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Friday Aug 21, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.6

Scale still creeping downward.  Running out of time though.  Leaving Sunday so won't be hitting 132.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • S:  cereal bar at gym cafe & coffee w/milk
  • L:  2 toast w/pbj, yogurt, strawberries, peach
  • D:  veg & chickpea curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1291

Full workouts today and I'm finished till my trip.

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps

Workout at home (upper):

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12

Workout at home (lower):  figured my calves, thighs and butt got enough of a workout this week that I did 2 sets instead of 3 on those targeting those area.

  • side dips w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells -  2 x 10
  • lunges w/dumb   bells using step - 2 x  10
  • lunges w/dumb bells - 2 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 2 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 12 - 3 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 2 x 10
 

Progress as of today: 29.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 08/21/2015:
Have a good trip.


puddles on 08/22/2015:
You did good girl - Wishing you a great trip Annie


puddles on 08/22/2015:
To answer your question I have not been to Northern Belgium - the city of canals.

grannyannie on 08/22/2015:
Hope you get there sometime. Brugge is charming!


livinglight on 08/22/2015:
Have a great weekend :)

grannyannie on 08/22/2015:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 20, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.0

Scale still creeping downward.    If I kept up all this activity and low calories for much longer I'd collapse from exhaustion!   That's 3 bike rides, 4 days at the gym, home muscle workouts, one more day tomorrow and that's it till my trip.  I was really pouring the sweat today with my cardio workout at the gym.  No muscle work today but will do all of it after the gym tomorrow. Need to wash and pack a gym outfit.

I'm trying to figure out how to keep myself motivated while I'm away.  Usually on holidays I'll be good for a short time and then I'll think f*** it, I want to enjoy myself and eat and drink whatever I like.  Result:  big weight gain.  Maybe try to remind myself of how hard I've worked and what happened when I slipped up.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  oatcakes and low fat cheddar, yogurt, strawberries, peach
  • D:  veg & chickpea curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1251

Workout at gym: really intense!

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT
 

Progress as of today: 29 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/20/2015:
You are working so hard and deserve the continued loss. Keep it up!

grannyannie on 08/20/2015:
Thanks! Now to keep myself indulging!

grannyannie on 08/20/2015:
Meant from indulging!


ohioraven on 08/20/2015:
Yep, I could have had buffets on my trip but then I thought about my health. It wasn't worth it.

grannyannie on 08/20/2015:
Well done! I need your willpower!


thinkpositive on 08/20/2015:
It is challenging to eat healthy when you are away. Just do your best.

grannyannie on 08/20/2015:
I will. I have to remember I've only got two months when I get home to lose whatever I put on. Big trip in Dec.



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 19, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

Lost a wee bit more!    I might just make it to 137 before I go!  That's the weight where I start to feel good - I can feel that my waist is getting small at that weight.  We expect our friends to invite us to dinner before we go but we'll just have to tell them no thanks. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  2 pbj toast, cherries, peach, yogurt
  • D:  veg and chickpea curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1209

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines

Workout at home (upper):

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12

Workout at home (lower):   I didn't do my abs yesterday as I was busy riding again.  Won't bother with legs.  Those are good!

  • side dips w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 12 - 3 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 08/19/2015:
Wow, you have done a great job getting to your goal!



grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 18, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 139.0

Scale down!

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  2 toasts w/pbj, grapes, clementine, yogurt
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1220

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT

About to go on same bike ride as yesterday:  15.5 miles with many 20% gradient hills.

Workout at home (lower):  don't think I need to do the leg and butt workout since I'm getting a great leg workout today!

  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
A couple of pics from yesterday's ride:
 
 

Progress as of today: 28 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/18/2015:
Beautiful pictures as always. Congratulations on the scale movement!

grannyannie on 08/18/2015:
Thanks!


puddles on 08/18/2015:
Congrats Annie - Have a great day.

grannyannie on 08/18/2015:
Thanks Fran!


livinglight on 08/18/2015:
Enjoy the ride, sounds great!

grannyannie on 08/18/2015:
It was great!


thinkpositive on 08/18/2015:
Great pictures. Congratualtions on the loss.

grannyannie on 08/18/2015:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Monday Aug 17, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 140.8

Scale is the same.  Lovely day here.  Sunshine again! Might have to get out on my bike.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich, yogurt, strawberries
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1189

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines

Workout at home (upper):

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12
 
 

Progress as of today: 26.2 lbs lost so far, only 8.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 08/17/2015:
Ride on !

grannyannie on 08/17/2015:
I did. 15 miles after lunch!


thinkpositive on 08/17/2015:
Great exercise!

grannyannie on 08/18/2015:
Doing it again today!



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 16, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 140.8

Hi all!  I guess it was fluid that caused the blip on the scale.  If I could just get to 137 by next Sunday I'd be happy, but normally during a good week I lose 2 lbs.  

Today I rode my bike to the supermarket in town to pick up a few items (out of fruit).  Nice ride even though I'm on a few busy roads.  And the sun is shining!  It's nearly 20 miles roundtrip.

Stuck to calories yesterday and even did extra sets with my muscle workouts.  No alcohol, no sugar until I leave on my trip. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich, yogurt, strawberries
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1189

 

Progress as of today: 26.2 lbs lost so far, only 8.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 08/16/2015:
Nice Ride !

grannyannie on 08/16/2015:
It was nice. A short one compared to our usual.


livinglight on 08/16/2015:
Awesome! Just got a bike today and super excited to start cycling around :)

grannyannie on 08/17/2015:
It's a really pleasant way to get exercise.


thinkpositive on 08/16/2015:
Yeah for loss of water weight.


puddles on 08/17/2015:
You might just get there Annie. You are certainly doing a lot of bike rides. Have a great day Annie



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